Havant Churches take up challenge to walk with Christ this Lent.

Setting off on their first walk

Setting off on their first walk

St Joseph and St Thomas of Canterbury & St Thomas More churches have set themselves  a challenge to walk with Christ this Lent and to donate 20p for every mile they walk to CAFOD Lent fast day appeal. 

Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer explains the challenge here-

“Taken from a book Christ Walk I have decided with some friends to take this idea literally and exercise and pray at the same time.  The action is to connect us physically to biblical times, Jesus walked everywhere, and the Israelites walked for forty years from Egypt to the promised land. So,  you could take up the Jerusalem Challenge, an individual challenge to walk the way of sorrows 88 miles in lent. Or the Exodus challenge, group challenge 375 miles across the desert walking during the week and tell us on Sunday how many miles you have walked, we will add it a totalizer (to encourage each other along the way) Finally to encourage further we have gathered a group together to walk on a Wednesday afternoon- please meet us here (Ss Thomas, Emsworth) at 2.30pm.

Of course, this isn’t just about walking, pray as you go – I am doing the Walk with Me book but lots of other ideas and for almsgiving maybe link your exercise mile by mile for CAFOD.”

Good luck to all those taking part in the challenge and we look forward to hearing how many miles you walk and how much money you raise.


Boscombe Bakers Make Soup for Family Fast Day Lunch

Enjoying the delicious soup lunch.

Enjoying the delicious soup lunch.

Last Friday 23rd February our Brilliant Boscombe Bakers turned their culinary skills from cakes to soup for the Lent family fast day.

Many thanks to Annie and Maureen and the team at Corpus Christi Church , Bournemouth for organising the soup lunch. Twenty eight people came together at Annie’s house to have a simple soup lunch and raise money for our brothers and sisters around the world who go hungry every day. A fantastic amount of £200 was donated and because we have match funding from the UK Government this Lent that amount will be doubled to £400. So thank you so much to everyone who came to the soup lunch, and especially to the cooks who made the delicious soups!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who held soup lunches on Friday. We really   appreciate your support and your commitment to helping those living in poverty overseas.

Today is Family Fast Day

In Zimbabwe 1 in 4 children are malnourished.

In Zimbabwe 1 in 4 children are malnourished.

Today let us take some time to think of all those who are hungry especially those suffering from malnutrition . Maybe we could pray this prayer together today.

Everlasting God,

we give you thanks
for you nourish and strengthen us
with your merciful love.

Give us this day our daily bread.

We pray for those
who hunger in scorched lands,
with no food for their children.
Together, we cry out for justice.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Help us to share generously
as one global family,
and to hold onto hope
for a world transformed.

Bread of life,
we pray your people
may find life and joy
in all its fullness.

Through Christ our Lord,

Thank you to all those who are holding Lent lunches today and joining us in fasting in solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas.